How Digital Works is Improving Economic Growth in Rural Communities

Grants, New Mexico (June 28, 2018) – It can be difficult to find a job in rural America. There are few brick-and-mortar opportunities for those who want to stay close to their families and provide for their children or themselves. As a result, many are forced to move to larger cities and leave behind the quiet life they know and …

Lack of high-speed internet leaves rural communities behind

Twin Lake, MI. (June 28, 2018) – A lack of reliable, speedy internet can impact several aspects of a community’s success, including access to educational and economic development opportunities, said Eric Frederick, executive director of Connect Michigan. Connect Michigan is a nonprofit that works with the Michigan Public Service Commission to track broadband access in the state. Getting people access to that infrastructure and educating them on …

Working Together to Strengthen the Lives of Rural Americans

American Farm Bureau President Joins Connected Nation Board of Directors   Bowling Green, Ky. (June 26, 2018) – American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall may lead one of the nation’s largest and most prominent nonprofits, but at heart he’s a third-generation farmer from Georgia. Duvall is someone who advocates for and understands well the challenges facing farmers, ranchers, …

A Way Out of Poverty: How Digital Works is Helping Single Moms

Greensburg, KS (June 28, 2018) – Being a single mother can be tough. But according to the American Psychological Association*, it’s even more difficult than you may think. That’s because households led by a single mom have a 31.6% poverty rate. So, it’s important to give single mothers better options for supporting their families. For Tami Raber, Digital Works was …

State Lawmakers are in No Hurry to Bridge Ohio’s Digital Divide

(June 20, 2018) – Key to advanced tech Stu Johnson, executive director of the technology non-profit Connect Ohio, says both bills are needed. And he says the entire state needs broadband in order to take advantage of more advanced technologies. “The fact is that all of these things that we look at, whether it’s precision agriculture or autonomous vehicles or sensors …

Digital Works: Providing Hope and Economic Stability through Technology Training

Columbus, OH (June 21, 2018): On Friday, May 25, seven students graduated from Connected Nation’s Digital Works Program in Columbus, OH. Digital Works is a nationwide program that seeks to provide training in computer literacy and customer service. Once students graduate from the training, they are provided with support to find job placements with one of the 70+ employer partners …

One Mom Finds New Hope Through Digital Works

Columbus, Ohio (June 20, 2018) – Crystal Amesquita never expected to be in this position—recently incarcerated and struggling to find a job to support her 12-year-old son Dominic. But everything was about to change. A program called Digital Works (DW) came into her life at the right moment and turned it all around. While staying at the Alvis House in …